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Sunday, December 14, 2008

What’s This? Obama Has A ‘My Pet Goat’ Moment Before He Even Takes Office?

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Over at RealClearPolitics, Steve Chapman describes Obama’s “My Pet Goat” moment last Thursday in his response to Pat Fitzgerald’s review of the Blagojevich saga concerning the Illinois governor’s attempts to sell a U.S. senate seat to the highest bidder.

Comparing the reactions of Blagojevich’s fellow Illinois Democrats to Obama’s response to the latest indictment of a high-ranking public official in the Land of Lincoln, Chapman says Obama failed to rise to the occasion:

“The reaction from fellow Illinois Democrats was swift and severe. Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn demanded that the governor step aside. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin urged the legislature to call a special election to fill the Senate seat. Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan proposed to ask the Supreme Court to disqualify the governor from carrying out his duties.

‘“But Obama had a ‘My Pet Goat’ moment, freezing up in the face of the shock. ‘I don't think it would be appropriate for me to comment on the issue at this time,’ he said. ‘It's a sad day for Illinois.’ You'd have thought the Bears had failed to make the playoffs.

‘“That was the first day. The second day he was only slightly less tepid, with his office issuing a statement saying, ‘The president-elect agrees with Lt. Gov. Quinn that under the current circumstances it is difficult for the governor to effectively do his job and serve the people of Illinois.’

‘“Would it be ‘difficult’ for Blagojevich to serve the people? Yes, kind of like it was ‘difficult’ for the Titanic to continue its voyage. Understatement is one thing. What Obama exhibited was more like lockjaw.”’

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